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National Reading Month: Reading Shows Increase in Seniors’ Wellbeing

Mar 9, 2017 by Comfort Keepers

Not only is reading a great way for seniors to pass the time by, it is also a stimulating exercise for their brain. Reading can provide many health benefits for your loved ones from cognitive ability, to brain stimulation. With the use of reading as a pastime, seniors have shown to live a healthier life.

Benefits of Reading

  • Reduces Stress: When slipping into a good story, plot, or article, your loved ones can forget about the worries of their own life and become stress free.
  • Mental Stimulation: Reading can keep seniors’ minds mentally stimulated, from different characters, plot twists, and wondering what will happen next. Having an actively stimulated mind has also shown to slow or help prevent Alzheimer’s.
  • Increases Awareness: When reading recent news articles or current novels that touch base on every day activities, your loved ones can have an increase of awareness on what is going on around them in the world. This can help reduce their feelings of isolation, especially if they are unable to travel.
  • Improves Memory: Having to remember different characters, plots, sub plots, and scenarios can improve the memory of your loved one. Remembering something as simple as details from a book can be a healthy mind exercise without feeling frustrated.
  • Analytical Thinking Skills: Especially when reading mysteries, books can shift the mind to thinking analytically. This type of thinking can strengthen the brain and can increase their mental health.
  • Better Sleep: Since a lot of seniors already suffer from insomnia, it is important to find non drug methods to help get your loved ones to sleep. When creating a nightly routine of reading in bed, their body will know it is time for bed and begin to feel tired, making it easier for your loved ones to get a good night’s rest.

Comfort Keepers® in San Mateo Can Lend a Helping Hand

Whether you need Comfort Keepers®’ caregivers to read to your loved ones or to take them to the library to pick our new books, we can lend a helping hand. From light housekeeping to meal preparation, our compassionate, professional Comfort Keepers provide seniors with the essentials they need to live a happy, healthy, and independent life in the comfort of their own home.

For more information regarding the services Comfort Keepers® offers call us at (650) 239-6113 or click here.

References
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/brand-connect/wp/enterprise/helping-seniors-one-book-at-a-time/
https://psychcentral.com/news/2012/11/25/reading-writing-playing-games-help-aging-brains-stay-healthy-in-seniors/48096.html

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